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A Shot of Faith to the Head provides Christians with clear and powerful ways to address atheism's most ardent proponents, and it shows that believers can remain calm, confident, and effective in the face of contemporary attacks on faith. But more than just offering defensive tools, the author provides the Christian with powerful means for launching offensive strikes on unb ...more
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Published April 16th 2012 by Thomas Nelson
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Douglas Wilson
Apr 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
What a fine book! Lotsa fun, and I will do a more detailed review on my blog sometime soon.
Dan Glover
Apr 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is a thoughtful, clearly communicated, witty and well written response to the new atheists. This response doesn't agree to argue with the atheists from the ground of their own assumptions but shows how those assumptions are themselves highly suspect and depend more on faith and less on observable, objective fact then any of them would like to admit. In fact, Stokes makes it clear that the new atheists aren't actually doing science when they argue for the non-existence of God, since that can ...more
Cameron
Sep 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Surprisingly delightful. Stokes brings Plantinga and Wolterstorff down for simple folk like me to enjoy. Insightful and witty.
James
Apr 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
It is no secret that since the twin towers fell just over ten years ago, certain atheists have gotten louder and much more forceful in their opposition to religion. The late Christopher Hitchens, Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, and Daniel Dennett, are dubbed the four horseman of the new atheism and have set to work showing up religious believers for their lack of evidence, failure to reckon with modern science, and the manifold ways that religion drives war, injustice and cruel acts (like Sept. 11, ...more
Henk-Jan van der Klis
Apr 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
Dr. Stokes received a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Florida in 1992 and an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Central Florida in 1994. While serving as an advanced and senior engineer in Florida in the 1990s, Dr. Stokes took theological courses at Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando. He went on to complete an M.A. in Religion (Philosophy of Religion) at Yale University under Dr. Nick Wolterstorff in 2001 and an M.A. in Philosophy at University of N ...more
Luke Miller
Apr 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book tackles the fallacies of unbelief in three main arenas - rationality, design, and absolute standards. These fallacies line up with three of the most common charges leveled against Christianity - belief in God is irrational, science renders belief in God unnecessary, and the existence of evil contradicts the very idea of God (at least the Christian God).

I am just a few books into my first exploration of the world of philosophy, so please accept this review with all the appropriate discl
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Chet Duke
Apr 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is a valuable book. In my experience reading Christian apologetics books (which has been somewhat disappointing in recent years) I have yet to come across anything quite like this. I would call it something like "Reformed Epistemology/Plantinga for Dummies" but Stokes includes so much more, especially his words on Quine and the importance of mathematics in philosophy of religion.
This would make for a great introductory text for philosophy of religion/theology students as it caters to those
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Aaron Ventura
Jun 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Great! Stokes is a disciple of Alvin Plantinga and this book is in many ways a popularization of Platinga's "reformed epistemology." It is relatively easy to read and has helpful summaries at the end of each chapter. For a more detailed review, listen to Philosophy Friday on The University Podcast, in which Keith Darrell and I discuss each chapter. My critiques and questions from a presuppositional perspective are found there.

Highly recommend!
Logan Thune
Jul 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Really solid book. Reminded me at times of Keller’s “The Reason for God,” but might have a little bit more of a philosophical bent to it. Definitely worth reading for anyone who enjoys apologetics and philosophy—Stokes will give you a shot of faith to the head.
Steve Presswood
Jan 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
Love Mitch's careful treatment of the many ideas that some believe "debunks" Christianity but which, in fact, strengthen its case. Each chapter contains a fantastic summary of the main points of the chapter. Good ammunition for the mind.
Jake Litwin
Jul 18, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: apologetics
Quite good.
Jared Totten
Apr 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Every year there's a book that comes across my desk of which I have little or no expectations for but ends up being one of my favorite books of the year. In 2009, it was Notes From the Tilt-A-Whirl by N.D. Wilson. In 2010, it was Marks of the Messenger by J. Mack Stiles. In 2011, it was A Meal With Jesus by Tim Chester and Red Like Blood by Joe Coffey and Bob Bevington.

Without a doubt, the strongest contender for the title so far this year is A Shot of Faith to the Head by Mitch Stokes, PhD. Whi
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Orbs n Rings
Apr 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
Interesting insight better used for contemplation and strengthening ones own faith.

This book was very thought provoking and the author Stokes covers many topics including those common arguments atheists use when in reference to God not existing. Some of the topics in this book include views from the West's first philosopher Thales of Miletus to evidentialistic views used by Hume and Russell, the senses divinitatis by Plantinga, scientific views from Galileo, Newton and others including Plato, Ar
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A Shot Of Faith (To The Head): Be A Confident Believer In An Age Of Cranky Atheists is a book I got through the Booksneeze Blogger reviews program. I was looking for another good read on faith and Christianity and thought that this book might be a good one.

I like that the author is very structured. Mitch Stokes opened the book by telling about people being converted to Christianity and then later on being unable to defend their faith or even expound their beliefs. He also gave a history of know
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Suzannah
Feb 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
It's been a while since I've had an apologetics checkup, so with various friends raving about Mitch Stokes's rather thrillingly-titled book, I decided I'd use this as my refresher course.

This is very fine stuff. With a friendly layout and writing style, Mitch Stokes gives a helpful digest of some of the hardest-hitting apologetics arguments out there, relying particularly heavily on the work of the venerable Alvin Plantinga. This book is high on both readability and philosophical heft.

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Scott
Apr 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
This was a really, really fun book.

Primarily written from a Christian worldview to Christians, I found that this book would be a helpful source to show any person--believer or unbeliever alike--that belief in God is rational. I can already tell that I'll be milling over some of the thoughts therein for some time and have already added books cited to my Amazon wishlist. I'd encourage for Christians who want to dust off the old noggin and apply a shot of faith straight to the dome.

Also, this book
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Lisa
Nov 12, 2012 rated it liked it
Mitch Stokes makes a case for Christianity amidst all the skepticism of religion today. This book aims to prove the rationality of applying Christian beliefs to science and to life in general.


This book was an enjoyable read, it was interesting and well reasoned. I recommend it to anyone with an interest in Christian apologetics and to curious non-believers.

* I was provided a complimentary copy of this book through Booksneeze in exchange for an honest review.
Mike Duran
Jan 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars. Loved this. Complex and witty. Approaches defense of the Christian faith against atheism through larger philosophical lenses, rather than bullet-point rebuttals and tactical maneuvers. The back-to-back chapters on our mathematical universe and Platonic Forms was quite good, establishing how science itself opened the door to Something beyond nature. Really enjoyed this!
Zak Scholtz
Jun 07, 2012 marked it as to-read
I loved this book. So much up to date information and so well written!!
Josh Robinson
This book is very well written and I enjoyed reading it for the most part. Stokes is a scholar and a gentleman, however, I closed the book feeling like he gave up too much ground to the cranky atheists he was writing against. What this book puts forth is basically the view known as Reformed Epistemology. Now, let me say that I agree with Stokes (and Plantinga) premise that belief in God is properly basic. However, in my estimation, this should naturally lead to a Presuppositional or Covenantal a ...more
Braden
Sep 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Good book, some excellent points that aren't approached by the less intellectual crowd. The ending chapter was a bit rushed and weak, and there is a hint of arrogance throughout the book which might prevent the book from sinking into an athiest, were they to read it. For this reason, I've knocked it down from 5 stars to 4 stars. Still a very good book however.
Whitney Rivera
Dec 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Concise, intelligently written, with great humor. Fight, laugh, feast. Loved it.
Nathan Snider
Jul 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
One of the best books I’ve read in a while!
Ryan
Mike Tyson once said that everyone has a plan until they get punched in the face. Our time is one where atheists bully us around, claiming we’re delusional if we believe in a God. Since there is no physical evidence of him, they say, then teaching our kids about God is worse than child abuse. However, though they try to intimidate and pretend that they stand on the back of science, their claims are very weak indeed.

Mitch Stokes has written an extremely helpful book to equip and strengthen our f
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George P.
Jan 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Mitch Stokes, A Shot of Faith to the Head: Be a Confident Believer in an Age of Cranky Atheists (Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 2012). $16.99, 252 pages.

Is belief in God irrational? Does science show that God doesn’t exist? Does evil?

Over the past decade, New Atheists such as Richard Dawkins, Daniel Dennett, Sam Harris, Christopher Hitchens, and Victor J. Stenger have answered these questions affirmatively. Their best-selling books have promoted the ideas that Christian faith is based on insufficient
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Alicia
Jul 21, 2019 rated it liked it
A quick, good read for all writers. You will feel buoyed and validated in Goldberg’s hands.
Steve
May 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: thoughtful Christians
Shelves: kindle, booksneeze
There is a plethora of books available that argue the case for theism. Most of these are quite repetitive offering pretty much the same arguments. But Mitch Stokes’s book A Shot of Faith {to the head} takes a fresh approach drawing together three lines of argument in support of his contention that ‘atheism is undone’.

In three sections, Stokes explores rationality, design and absolute standards suggesting that atheism has no explanation for these without allowing for the supernatural. These three
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Rick Davis
Apr 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I first became familiar with the work of Alvin Plantinga as a freshman in college. My philosophy prof was a big fan of Plantinga’s ideas on properly basic beliefs, warrant, and proper function. It wasn’t until much later that I encountered the presuppositionalist followers of Van Til and Bahnsen. Although I did (and do) appreciate presuppostionalism, I noticed the similarity to Plantinga’s work, and to be honest I preferred Plantinga. The problem is that, until now, there haven’t been any popula ...more
Harold Cameron
Sep 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
“Secular, skeptical, disillusioned. These are the traits that mark our age—encouraged by outspoken atheists who insist that faith is naïve and belief is dangerous. But what if the atheists are the irrational ones? Can their beliefs withstand the rigorous examination that they demand from others?
In A Shot of Faith of Faith to the Head, Mitch Stokes, Senior Fellow of Philosophy at New Saint Andrews College, dismantles the claims of skeptics and atheists, while constructing a simple yet solid case
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Caleb Coy
Jul 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
From the start, Stokes opens up by demonstrating the failure of logical positivism to be rational. In a attempt to render religious thought and language of all kinds meaningless, logical positivists define a meaningful sentence as statements that 1) can be observed, and 2) are true. If so, then sentences about God would be meaningless. But not only that, but the sentence, “Only sentences about things that can be observed and are true are meaningful,” is itself meaningless. How can we observe tha ...more
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Dr. Stokes received a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Florida in 1992 and an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Central Florida in 1994. While serving as an advanced and senior engineer in Florida in the 1990s, Dr. Stokes took theological courses at Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando. He went on to complete an M.A. in Religion (Philosophy of Religion) ...more

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